Jacques Polge arrives in Chanel in 1979. After Ernest Beaux and Henri Robert, he has been the exclusive author of all the creations of the maison. Born in the Provence, he was inebriated with the perfumes of his region which he uses for their fragrance and for their richness. After studying literature, he began his career as a fragrance creator in Grasse under the guidance of Jean Carles (author, among others, of the famous "Ma Griffe" by Carven). Even though, unlike Ernest Beaux, he doesn’t have a chemistry background, he possess an extraordinary fragrance culture. For Jacques Polge, the profession of a fragrance creator is a continual lesson in humility, as «it takes many years to understand what you are doing..." There is also an intuitive factor, the meeting of trends from different eras, the universal values of seduction and the philosophy of the brand: «Chanel doesn’t create fashion fragrances, rather fragrances of an age, created to last». Also in his view, fashion and fragrance are closely linked: «A fragrance is the continuation of the work done by the couturier», he underlines. «Fashion dresses the outside, fragrance the inside».
Launched in 1981, ANTAEUS, his first creation for CHANEL, followed by COCO, from 1984 and numerous other compositions such as: ÉGOÏSTE, POUR MONSIEUR CONCENTRÉE, PLATINIUM ÉGOÏSTE, ALLURE, ALLURE HOMME, COCO MADEMOISELLE, CHANCE, ALLURE HOMME SPORT, ALLURE SENSUELLE, "LES EXCLUSIFS", CHANCE EAU FRAICHE, ALLURE HOMME SPORT - COLOGNE SPORT, ALLURE HOMME EDITION BLANCHE, N°5 EAU PREMIERE, CRISTALLE EAU VERTE.
A variety of sensations and emotions. As a man from the south, he appreciates the odour of spices, the markets and the suks. He favours vanilla, patchouli, flowers such as rose or jasmine, woods, cistums and fruity essences such as that of mandarin. Collector of antique books, he is also interested in abstract painting. Since December 2005 he works together with Christopher Sheldrake.
An English man born in India..if it’s true that we are all a little influenced by our birth place, Christopher Sheldrake must account for some of the secrets of his success on the city of Madras, where he lived for the first seven years of his life. His following childhood and adolescence in London bring him new and different images. He chose architecture but a study period in France lead him to use his taste for science and the art of construction in a different way. From Charabot to Grasse, where he completed a 3 month stage, he became enthusiastic about “the history and life of raw materials”. When returning to England, he worked for Robertet whom he left in 1980 to meet up with Jacques Polge for first time in Chanel. At the end of 1982 he moves to Quest in order to “make some new discoveries” where he collaborates with Serge Lutens. He dreams of creating one day a transparent trail, “the perfume of the distant breath of an orchid or the fresh fruity presence of freesia.” Christopher Sheldrake is captured by embracing fragrances, “by comfortable odours, by sensual notes, by the perfume of the skin.”
And then one day he dreams of working again with Chanel, where on the 1st December 2005 he finds again Jacques Polge. He talks about him with great admiration. “It is possible to truly work together with Jacques. Each of us has their own experiences in the olfactory field. It is a truly enriching experience to have met him once again.”